The evocative narrative that explores the relationship between movement and self-expression in this title is gripping, nearly transporting readers into the bodies and minds of the characters. At times, the story falls flat and becomes predictable. However, this coming-of-age tale is redeemed by tender moments of queer connection and raw vulnerability ... Lou’s strut through the tribulations of youth and identity will be relatable for those in their late teens, making this title especially enticing for younger audiences. Libraries where queer fiction or coming-of-age stories are popular should consider adding Ohman’s debut to their collections.
Ohman does a commendable job of taking readers inside the world of fashion, including fashion photography, which fascinates amateur photographer Lou, who, increasingly disenchanted with modeling, begins to wonder if there might be a future for her in photography. Ohman’s novel is inarguably well written and, though occasionally frustrating, will surely find a devoted readership.
Perceptive if flat ... Ohman captures the uncertainties of early adulthood and queer love with a clear eye, but the thin plot and constrained emotion hinder the impact. Ohman is a talented writer, but this one doesn’t quite work.